do·​ry | \ ˈdȯr-ē How to pronounce dory (audio) \
plural dories

Definition of dory

: a flat-bottomed boat with high flaring sides, sharp bow, and deep V-shaped transom

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Rivers dammed into reservoirs were surrounded by campers, motorcycles and recreational vehicles, and filled with fishing dories, speed boats and swimming families. Bruce Berger, WSJ, "‘Escalante’s Dream’ Review: Long Road Through the West," 12 July 2019 Over the years, Lowell’s boats have included the famed Grand Banks dory, the legendary small boat that became a mainstay on commercial fishing schooners from nearby Gloucester and far beyond. Brian Macquarrie,, "A version of the boat that carried the Pilgrims from the Mayflower to the shore is getting a makeover," 23 June 2019 But Kevin Fedarko tells an eye-opening, hilarious, and at some points nerve-racking story about the experience of manning the poop dory on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Weirdest Stories We've Ever Told," 4 June 2019 Only a few outfitters are licensed to operate dories on the river. Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, "Everything to know about Grand Canyon National Park," 15 Mar. 2019 The team harnessed El Niño flows to rip through the canyon on a wooden dory named the Emerald Mile in 36:38. Ula Chrobak, Outside Online, "Setting a Speed Record Through the Grand Canyon," 24 May 2018 Fishermen pulled their dories up on land and hung up their nets and lines while their home islands floated on a veritable sea of whiskey, wine, and money. Marc Wortman, Smithsonian, "This Tiny French Archipelago Became America’s Alcohol Warehouse During Prohibition," 17 Jan. 2018 Everything is hunky dory and the sequences have a hazy quality to them, supporting the idea that this is not really the future. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Recap: 'The Walking Dead' Season 8 premiere gets the series back on track," 22 Oct. 2017 No one who knows anything thinks that McConnell and Trump are now -- or ever will be -- hunky dory. 2. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "9 things Donald Trump didn't tell the truth about on Monday," 17 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of dory

1709, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dory

Miskito dóri dugout

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English Language Learners Definition of dory

: a boat that has a flat bottom and high sides and that is used especially for fishing


do·​ry | \ ˈdȯr-ē How to pronounce dory (audio) \
plural dories

Kids Definition of dory

: a boat with a flat bottom, high sides that flare out, and a sharp bow

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